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An exciting new folk festival for Hertfordshire

Join us on 9 July for a very special day in Kimpton

Come and be a part of the UK's newest folk festival, set in the village of Kimpton in the heart of rural Hertfordshire.

Headlined by Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, one of the most acclaimed acts on the world folk stage, the three-stage festival presents an impressive array of established and emerging UK folk acts, along with some accomplished local folk performers, in a relaxed, friendly and welcoming village festival.


Wild Willy Barrett's Loose Connection, The Jacquelyn Hynes Trio, Jaywalkers, Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer, Kelly Oliver, John Dipper & Dave Malkin, Worry Dolls, Emily Slade, Will McNichol & Luke Selby, George Papavgeris, The Foxglove Trio, Batkin-Hill, Malcolm Hobbs, PLUS local legends Nigel Hyams, Steve Warner, Richard Stewart, Brian King, Bill Redway, Doug Jenner PLUS instrument workshops, dancing, sessions and lots more! 

Three ticketed concerts on the main stage in the Kimpton Memorial Hall will present a broad array of brilliant artists playing in a variety of  traditional musical styles, from English folk to blues and American country and bluegrass.

Throughout the day, the Village Green will host a wide variety of free entertainment, with wall-to-wall fun and frivolity under an open-sided marquee, culminating in a summer ceilidh for all.

There will be a continuous concert the beautiful old 13th century church, as well as  fiddle, guitar ukulele and whistle workshops in The Dacre Rooms, where experts will show you how to develop and hone your skills. Multiple entry to church concert is £5 and workshops are £3.

All-Day tickets are £27. Afternoon tickets, giving access to any event except for Concert 3, offer excellent value at just £16. See our 'Tickets' page for full ticket price information. For any other enquiries, please email: hello@kimptonfolk.uk and stay up to date with all the latest developments by signing up to our mailing list, below.

FESTIVAL PATRON: FIONA TALKINGTON, writer, broadcaster and presenter of Sony Gold Award-winning programme Late Junction on BBC Radio 3.

Funded by the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation’s London Luton Airport Ltd ‘Near Neighbours Fund’.


The Programme

Venue Timelines





Bar opens


Concert One

Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer - 45 minutes


Concert One

Kelly Oliver - 45 minutes


Concert One

John Dipper & Dave Malkin - 45 minutes


Concert Two

Worry Dolls - 45 minutes


Concert Two

Will McNicol & Luke Selby - 45 minutes


Concert Two

Wild Willy Barrett's Loose Connection


Concert Three

Jay Walkers - 45 minutes


Concert Three

Jacquelyn Hynes Trio - 45 minutes


Concert Three

James Fagan & Nancy Kerr - 1 hour 15 minutes


Bar Closes



CONTINUOUS GIG Tickets £5 multiple entry


Malcolm Hobbs - 40 Minutes


Emily Slade - 40 Minutes


Batkin.Hill - 40 Minutes


The Foxglove Trio - 40 minutes


George Papavgeris - 40 Minutes







Barber Sisters


Worry Dolls


Ram Rugge Morris


Dan Raza Band


Ver Players Ukulele Band




Spring Onions






Fiddlebridge Ceilidh





FIDDLE - John Dipper


GUITAR - Will McNicol


UKULELE - Ver Players


GUITAR - Dave Malkin


WHISTLE - Jacquelyn Hynes


Session (TBC) - free



Session - in the garden (weather permitting) Morris dance sets will perform ouside the pub during the afternoon


Session - in the conservatory



The Artists

  • Nancy Kerr and James Fagan - Visit Website

    Since Nancy Kerr and James Fagan met in Whitby 20 years ago, their partnership has produced some wonderful traditional and original music, several highly respected recordings and two 'Best Duo' awards from the BBC. In 2015, Nancy was crowned BBC Folk Singer of the Year 2015 and this dazzling musical duo is now regarded as one of the finest folk acts currently performing. ``The sheer abundance of distilled poetry on display is inspiring... it will remain in the audience's minds for a long time.” Spiralearth

  • Wild Willy Barrett's Loose Connection - Visit Website

    From a cafe in Paris, to a night out in New Orleans with rip-roaring fiddle and banjo – this trio will have your toes tapping! At the heart of the ensemble are the talents of multi-instrumentalist Wild Willy Barrett, cellist Mary Holland and charismatic French singer Aurora Colson. The group’s innovative arrangements are all overlaid with a large dose of wry Barrett humour.

  • John Dipper & Dave Malkin - Visit Website

    John Dipper is a widely respected performer who has recorded on several film soundtracks including The Hobbit. He is a founder member of the English Acoustic Collective with Chris Wood and Robert Harbron. Dave Malkin, guitarist and composer, studied classical guitar at Trinity Laban, was a founder member of the trio Tandem and worked with The Joe Townsend Quartet. ``Their playing is both moving and thrilling.`` Verity Sharp - Late Junction, BBC Radio 3

  • Jacquelyn Hynes - Visit Website

    Flautist and composer Jacquelyn Hynes has supported such leading Irish musicians as Martin Hayes, Michael McGoldrick and Lunasa, and she performed with Donal Lunny. She was awarded the Katherine McGillivray 'Get A Life Fund' for musicians, facilitating an MA in performance at The Irish World Academy in 2010. Her trio is formed with the harpist Steph West and Sarah McLelland. “..clearly steeped in tradition but manages to bring Hynes’ innate sense for innovation to the table at the same time...” - Irish World

  • Worry Dolls - Visit Website

    Worry Dolls’ sublime harmonies, varied instruments and stirring songs have won them a very strong following and seen them performing at Glastonbury, supporting Joan Armatrading on tour. Their music has been played on Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music and tracks from their debut EP have clocked up over 100,000 views on YouTube and over 80,000 spins on SoundCloud. “Worry Dolls combine a great sensibility of American country music with their own English folk influences to create a warm and infectious sound.” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

  • Kelly Oliver - Visit Website

    Kelly Oliver is a singer/songwriter with a rapidly growing reputation. She has performed at venues and festivals across the UK, including Cambridge Folk Festival and Larmer Tree Festival. Her debut album 'This Land' gained a 4* review from The Telegraph. As well as supporting artists like Cara Dillon, Phil Beer and Thea Gilmore, Kelly regularly plays her own headline shows and is spending 2016 promoting her 2nd album 'Bedlam' - one of Folk Radio UK's Featured Albums of the Month. “An emerging voice in British folk' - Bob Harris.”

  • Will McNicol & Luke Selby

    A Fellow of Trinity College London, Will was Acoustic Guitarist of the Year (2011) In 2014 Acoustic Guitar Magazine included him in their list of 30 Great Guitarists under 30 from around the world. He has released three albums of original material. Luke has studied with some of the most highly regarded drummers in the country including Steve White, Paul Brodie and Craig Blundell and in October 2013 was featured as DRUM! Magazine’s Cyber Artist Spotlight.

  • George Papavgeris - Visit Website

    Born in Salonika, Greece, George is a prolific singer-songwriter, performing his witty and uplifting songs with a lilting accent and deceptively simply guitar style. Widely admired throughout the folk world, his songs have been covered by such artists Roy Bailey, Andy Irvine and Vin Garbutt. George says: “I am driven by love of people with their imperfections and love to watch and support them as they struggle through daily life.” “George is something special…” - Martin Carthy MBE

  • Jaywalkers - Visit Website

    Since reaching the finals of the BBC Young Folk Awards in 2008 and after 2 full UK tours, including the Cambridge Folk Festival and Sidmouth Folk Week – and the release of their highly acclaimed third album – Jaywalkers have cemented their place as one of the most virtuosic and entertaining young bands on the British Folk scene. “Jaywalkers effortlessly blend British and American folk traditions to create something arguably greater than either of these genres.“ - Acoustic Magazine

  • The Foxglove Trio - Visit Website

    The Foxglove Trio are multi-instrumentalists who perform mostly traditional songs from around the British Isles in English and Welsh. Gathering material from sessions, published song collections and contemporary artists, these talented musicians are known for their beautiful harmonies, creative new arrangements and engaging live performances. ``This talented trio deliver a delightful variety of music and song. This Foxglove deserves to flower on both sides of the border.`` Frank Hennessy, BBC Radio Wales

  • Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer - Visit Website

    This duo's musical style is influenced by the greats of blues, funk, folk and beyond. They have supported such artists as Joan Armatrading, Robert Cray, Jon Gomm, Matt Schofield, Wilko Johnson, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Stefan Grossman and Ian McCullogh. They have also shared the bill with Gordon Giltrap, John Etheridge and 'Tubular Bells' producer Tom Newman. A live solo album and new full band studio album are scheduled for release later in 2015.

  • Emily Slade - See video of Emily

    Singer/songwriter Emily is a truly enchanting performer. Her songs, fresh and original in style, range from traditional and contemporary folk music to self-penned songs and popular contemporary music. Her debut album ‘Shire Boy’ marked her out as an important new voice on the folk scene. A nomination for the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award soon followed, along with her first tour in the USA. Her second CD, ‘Fretless’, met with general critical acclaim.

  • Batkin.Hill - Visit Website

    Batkin.Hill is a new duo in which Clive Batkin (known locally and more widely for his guitar playing), has teamed up with fellow guitarist, Dorset-based Richard Hill (a highly regarded classical player, solo performer and band leader of Richard Hill & The Hills). They write and play a series of sensitive and evocative instrumental pieces, designed to interest and delight both guitar fans and non-musicians alike.

  • Malcolm Hobbs

    Malcolm is currently one of the organisers of The Redbourn Folk Club. As a student he ran the Reading University Folk Club alongside Hilary James, with whom he sang for a couple of years and later became involved in the Stevenage Club in the late 70s/early 80s. He sings a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs from both sides of the Atlantic (and occasionally further afield), accompanying himself on the bouzouki and mandola, with the odd foray on to guitar and Appalachian dulcimer.



Tickets can be bought online and are also available in Kimpton village, from The Boot Pub and The Corner Stores. Free entry to all events for children under 12

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All Day

All artists, concerts & workshops, all venues

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All events and venues except Concert 3

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Concert 1



Ben Smith, Kelly Oliver, John Dipper & Dave Malkin

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Concert 2



Worry Dolls, Will McNicol & Luke Selby, Wild Willy Barrett

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Concert 3



Jaywalkers, Jacquelyn Hynes Trio, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

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